NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Nov 17
Cheltenham, Uttoxeter, Wetherby
Sun Nov 18
Cheltenham, Fontwell
Sun Nov 18
Goffs November Sale

Entries & Recent Form

Should no hopers be allowed to run in the top class races?  There is debate about this topic following last weekends Derby where you had two runners taking part who were simply not good enough.  You had a 52 rated maiden, Castlemorris King and Bath winner Marhaba Malyoon in the race.  The problem lies with the fact that there are no rules to say they cannot run in a race like this.  The horses started the race at prices of 100/1 and 150/1 but in reality they should have been 20,000/1.  That is the chance they had of winning.  

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As I mentioned yesterday it is fantastic that David has booked former Champion jockey Ryan Moore to partner Junior in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday.  What a buy Junior has turned out to be.  He is amazingly versatile with of course his last win being in the Kim Muir over fences at the Cheltenham Festival.  How many horses would be able to win at the Festival and Royal Ascot?!  Well of course Junior has already managed this feat and I am sure he will put up another bold show when defending his crown in the Ascot Stakes next week.  We certainly would love to have a few more horses like him!

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Junior after winning at Cheltenham

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I am delighted to report that David has secured the services of Ryan Moore for Junior in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday.  Last year our eight year old was partnered to victory by Seb Sanders but he his required to ride for his boss Sir Mark Prescott in the race this time.  Ryan is not a bad replacement I think you would all agree and I am sure they will make a great team!  Its brilliant to have him on board and I cannot wait for Royal Ascot to get started next week! 

I love Richard Hannon's quote in the Racing Post, "He's missed 2 winners but he'll have got at least two rounds of golf in by now!".  Hannon is talking about his stable jockey Richard Hughes who has missed two winners so far due to his suspension.  I am sure the break will be doing Richard Hughes the world of good though and he will be back in great winning form when he returns.  Talking of jockeys, I see that Jamis Spencer is 31 today.  He looks so much youger and I think he looks like my paper boy!  It is also Mrs McCoy's birthday and I bet that AP gave the paper her age as you should never give a ladies age away!  Happy Birthday Chanelle. 

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Imagine having a bet and winning and the bookmakers will not pay you out.  Well Betfred are refusing to pay out online bets in a Barney Curley coup.  What does it matter if four of the account holders are related to Barney?  Betfred say they have bets showing a profit of £823,000 but they would be void under the company rule 10 which states that any person or group of persons acting in an attempt to defraud Betfred.com will have their bets void.  I can't see how these people have broken any laws or is it the bookmakers law, they shall not win?!

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We kicked off Sunday with a win at Worcester with Spirit of Barbados.  Our five year old got a good ride from Conor O'Farrell and he jumped the fixed brush hurdles very well.  He is quite a progressive young horse and he should be able to win again.  Meanwhile on Saturday Hunterview finished fourth in the big handicap hurdle at Hexham.  He would have probably appreciated a bit easier ground while Bathwick Scanno ran a nice race in the opening Juvenile hurdle of the season.  He finished second and was only beaten just over two lengths.  He jumped really well and so I am sure David will place him to win in the near future.  Our lorry moved onto Perth for racing yesterday from Hexham and I'msingiingtheblues ran a cracker under top weight in the Perth Gold Cup.  

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Can you believe that someone would leave their job without knowing that they have something to go to?...I don't care what Mark Hughes says, I would like to have a wager that he knows where his next job is going to be.  For my money it will be Aston Villa or Chelsea, especially as the Chelsea captain has already told Sky Sports that he would like Hughes to be their next manager.  Remember the former Welsh international used to play for The Blues and knows all about The Bridge...remember, you heard it here first!

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All of the papers are leading this morning with stories about Her Majesty The Queen's Derby runner Carlton House.  It would be great if Her Majesty had a Derby winner...it has nothing to do with me clutching a 6/1 antepost voucher - if you believe that, you will believe anything!  I would imagine that the Royal runner will draw in plenty of extra interest and that viewing figures will be extremely high.  I would imagine that the housewives will probably latch onto Carlton House in the same way they used to back Lester and more recently Frankie.

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